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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2239
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pDev: 12%


Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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MadCat

New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice golden color with a lushous white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Very fragrant, orange, grapefruit, lemon, and a little bit of yeast

Taste: Taste follows the nose up front, citrusy with orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Then, the malt and yeast follows, bready, biscuity, spicy, yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation. Would have liked if it followed Belgian styles, but that is the only real downside I see in this.

Overall: Fantastic brew. Holds up to Stone's standards very well.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2013 02:45:52 | More by MadCat
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Golden with good foam.

Smell: Lots of pine and cinnamon...very Christmasy. Excellent spice combination that you wouldn't think would work well in the summer but it does.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More pine and cinnamon. Again, a surprisingly excellent combination for the season. Mouthfeel is very crisp.

Overall Drinkability: An excellent Belgian. Very refreshing as well.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 04:03:46 | More by tjsdomer2
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dar482

New York

4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a light golden peach color with a white head.

The aroma is quite fruity with citrus, grapefruit, and Beligan yeastiness. You also get some bright yeast and fruit notes.

The flavor follows with grapefruit, some sweet bready malt, bubblegum. There's a bit of spiciness along with some herbal notes.

The finish is quite drying with lots of grapefruit. It's a strong bitterness that really shows you that this is an American BIPA.

An interesting brew. I prefer a few of the Belgian options I have, but this is quite good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 02:21:08 | More by dar482
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer was has on draft at The Avenue in Allston. Served in an 11 oz snifter.

Appearance: It is a pale orange color with one finger of head that reduced to a thin layer. It has a hazy clarity and vision of bubbles moving up through the glass. Crazy lacing on the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Spicy, malty, bready, citrus, tangerine, pineapple, and mango.

Taste: Same as above with some lingering bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, very drinkable, lingering bitterness, medium bodied, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid IPA. Happy to have finally enjoyed this on draft. More please.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2013 01:38:44 | More by Flounder57
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Murrhey

Montana

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a 10oz. pour at Stone Brewing in Escondido, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Poured with a two-finger fluffy white head with long retention. Sticky lacing. Reddish-orange color.

S- Citrusy and cheesy. Nice and smooth smell. Grapefruit and citrus hops balanced with piney ones.

T- Creamy flavor with grapefruit and spruce as the breakers of taste. Nice deep flavor.

M- Creamy, yet light. Very drinkable feel.

O- This is a hoppy and spicy IPA and very nice for this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2012 23:56:34 | More by Murrhey
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DM1293

California

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only way I can put this beer is if you mixed a Stone IPA with a Saison. Thats really it; its got Belgian in its feel, with a nice crisp finish that hints of spices with the citrusy hop bite of Stone's IPA. And if that sounds appealing to you, go for it. But to me, its pretty much on par with their regular IPA. I will say it does hit the spot better for the summer weather, hence a slight edge in its favor comparably.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2012 00:49:41 | More by DM1293
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tylerprince

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Freshcraft in Denver.

Pours a slightly hazy pale copper. Thin off-white head with poor retention gives way to meager lacing.

Smells of citrus, grass, orange peel, tobacco, honey and mint. On the weak side, presumably due to the lack of a good head.

Tastes like Stone IPA with a twist. Similar hop profile, but a good deal yeastier, bringing out a bready flavor. Honey, orange, and subtle pine notes are present. Delicious

Great MF. Crisp and clean; sessionable. A great, light bodied beer - awesome for summer. Very resinous; sticks to the teeth for quite some time.

A great twist on Stone's famous American IPA. I will most certainly seek this one out again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2012 19:34:53 | More by tylerprince
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served from the tap in a snifter glass

appears a pale yellow color with bright white head. aroma is very spicy and yeasty smelling. hops are herbal and citrusy. taste follows with more of the same. minor malt profile. Medium body, high carbonation, a bit fizzy.

overall - alright, but a bit too much of the Belgian yeast flavors for me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2012 21:30:13 | More by jmdrpi
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice take on a belgian ipa, quite different from say new belgium's belgo. pours light golden and bright, clear through with a one inch white head that hangs out the whole time. smells like belgian yeast, west coast aggressive hops, and light crystal and pale malts in equal proportions. flavor is very well balanced between the fruity lively yeast and the hops, which taste less intense than they smell. some citric hops in here, and some fruit, maybe nelson sauvin? malt profile is very light. feel is okay, but not entirely well suited to this beer. the body is light to medium, which i find a bit thin for the style. carbonation os robust though, and its easy drinking and delicious. overall yet another nice beer from stone.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2012 19:12:31 | More by StonedTrippin
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half finger head with nice lacing on a deep golden hazy body. Aroma is typical Belgian stone yeast with citrus, mostly grapefruit and pear. Flavor is also very citrusy with a tangy and bitter finish. Nice yeast and hop profile. Medium body and moderate carbonation. One of the better offerings from stone for my tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2012 23:49:35 | More by kylehay2004
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Trifecta1

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this both on-tap and in the bottle. The tap wins.

A - Clear orange-yellow, good carbonation. Just what I like in my belgian-style IPAs.

S - Orange and grapefruit steeds with hops at the reins.

T - Kinda like the smell, minus horse flavor. Citrus fruits, twangs of lemon with heavier hits from orange and grapefruit. Hops aren't so heavy, but duke rather duke it out with the fruits, and pulls away from the 3 vs 1 as victor. A nice struggle and great flavor profile. Me like. A lot.

M - Clean. Pure. Crisp. Drying, leaving your tongue begging for more.

O - Great stuff here, a fantasic american take on a belgian take on an IPA. Yeah, you read that right. Get a glass.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 03:53:21 | More by Trifecta1
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone prior to enjoying a fantastic dinner. The beer arrives a yellowish golden color with a nice 2 finger creamy white head. Decent retention and some lacing. The nose is a mix of orange fruitiness together with a granny smith sweetness, together with the bubble gum yeast character. A faint hint of peppery spices. Nice aroma. The flavor follows suit: Citrus upfront, orange, grapefruit together with some apple and pear flavors. The spiciness found in the nose follows, though mellow. Medium bitterness. Very smooth. Finishes with a lingering bubble gum fruitiness. Nice. Lighter bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Dry. Overall, one of the better Belgian IPA's I've had. I'd recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 14:52:55 | More by hopfacebrew
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00trayn

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes while visiting the Stone Brewery in California at the World Bistro.

A - A light golden honey color that pours with a finger-width head. Good lacing and head retention. Very fresh (considering I was at the brewery, that's not surprising).

S - A subtle hoppy scent with a hint fruity spice to the nose.

T - A refreshing lightly hoppy beer that has flavors of pineapple and citrus. It has a slightly floral finish.

M - This beer is incredibly smooth, crisp and refreshing. Good carbonation.

O - This is one of my favorite IPAs and it's even more fantastic fresh on tap. The flavors are more subtle and for someone who is new to IPAs (like I was back when I had this), it's a great place to start.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2012 02:02:05 | More by 00trayn
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Publick House in Brookline.

A: Poured a nice golden color with a one finger head. Visibly effervescent and has good retention and lots of lacing.

S: Not a strong smelling beer but pleasant; hops are the most prominent scent followed by a little Belgian years.

T: Tastes very much like an IPA but with a fuller sweeter taste. Well balanced but nothing crazy.

M: Great feel- medium carbonation with a light to medium body that makes for a very refreshing brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 01:28:24 | More by Hopdaemon39
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a stemmed glass.

The color is a cloudy orange/amber with two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a little bready with some Belgian yeast aroma hanging throughout. There is a slight fig and apricot aroma that is giving a nice fruitiness.

The taste is spicey with some nice Belgian yeast flavor that is something like a triple but lighter. There is some citrus flavor that is coming out in the middle with some slight bitter with some nice fruit flavor that gets bitter as it gets to the end.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied, there is a slight feel that this could be lighter but then seems a little stronger when you let your guard down. This is also pretty drinkable and makes for a great beer to have at mid day.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2011 15:58:04 | More by Duhast500
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mdfb79

New York

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/15/11 notes. Had on tap at Fireworks in Arlington, VA at their Stone steal the pint night event. Poured in a 10 oz. tulip.

a - Pours a hazy medium orange color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spice, Belgian yeast, mint, bananas, citrus hops, and light tropical fruits. Very nice and fruity mixing with the Beglian style yeast and spice.

t - Tastes of spices, Belgian yeast, cloves, bananas, floral notes, and some citrus hops. Again, quite nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy body. Very easy to drink, awesome mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a great Belgian IPA. Nice Belgian notes mixing with fruit and very easy to drink a glass of. Would certainly order it again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2011 18:02:39 | More by mdfb79
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! This stop pours a clear amber-tinted gold topped by a finger of light cream-white micro-foam. The nose comprises dank pine needles, wet grass, lime, light lemon zest, light-ish toffee, and pineapple. The taste holds notes of nutmeg, clove, black pepper, rich toffee, light pretzel, banana, pineapple, light pine resin in the back, and some very light balsa even further in the back. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a silky smooth feel. Overall, a very nice BIPA, one that goes down way the hell too easily...

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 22:39:51 | More by TMoney2591
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice lightly hazy yellowish gold color. The head doesn't stick around too long really and the lacing is very minimal. The smell of the beer had lots of Belgian yeast aromas coming off of it and plenty of hops on the nose. The taste of this brew is really nice and soft feeling with some bubbles in there to give it a slight edge. The hops go really well in this brew also. The mouthfeel is pretty light but still had enough going for it to keep it alive. Overall this brew is really nicely done. Big fan of this one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 04:14:10 | More by Knapp85
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etaggie09

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the chance to try this again on tap at the Alamo Draft House. Belgian aspects were way more prevalent than in the bottle, and it was beautifully balanced between spicy tripel and hoppy IPA. This was damn enjoyable to drink. All of the qualities I picked up on in my previous review were there, but they were much more harmonious this time around.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 09:47:16 | More by etaggie09
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roodie

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass

A: pours a golden amber with light head and flecks of lacing

S: hoppy pine resin with peach and nectarine rounded off wh spices cloves and anise

T: follows the nose hops are mellowed though comparatively.  Peach and pine make a great mix

M: smooth with lingering bitter spiciness make it very refreshing

O: great brew. Belgian twist makes it mellower than the OG Stone IPA maybe I even prefer it!

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 20:07:44 | More by roodie
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BeerAmbassador

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange color with a thin white head. Aromas of lime peel, orange and a bit of piney hops. Some breadiness and a bit of spice from the yeast. A kind of butteriness on the palate along with some citrus and a really nice long finish. This ber is light to medium bodied this beer went nicely with the pork chop I had at the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2011 03:14:40 | More by BeerAmbassador
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Stub and Herbs into a 10 oz snifter.

A- Nice carbonation, golden brown appearance, small head
S- Refreshing, fruity aroma, the Belgium yeast is definitely present as well as spice notes, hints of peach, grapefruit, mango, very nice aroma.
T- Nice bitterness upfront, but mellows out, very smooth and refreshing, the yeast and spice go really well with the light fruity flavors that Im picking up (mango, peach, slight grapefruit)hops are present, sweet beer overall.
M- Light/medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, refreshing.
O- Surprised by this one, very refreshing and fruity, really easy drinkability and well balanced overall, will definitely drink this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2011 07:26:54 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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AgentMunky

California

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the BrewDog bar in Edinburgh. From notes. Reviewed 28 May 2011.

A: Thin, pale yellow with a very thin head. Clearish. Scattered lacing.

S: Funky, bitter/hoppy, and sourish. Sweet citrus?

T: Malty sour-sweet, with a vegetal end/aftertaste. Quite tart with a funky yeast. Lingering aftertaste. Hrm. I think I like it?

M: Medium-bodied, a bit lively and/or carbonated. Drying.

O: A weird drink, but a good beer. I don't think I'd have it have again, because it's too odd-sour and dry. Try it maybe, I guess.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 14:28:42 | More by AgentMunky
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at The (Brilliant) Blind Pig.

Orange-copper body with two fingers of white froth atop; good duration and lacing on the tulip. Beefy hop aromas, with loads of fruit such as orange, apple, and lemon. Sweet smell, boding well for the rest of this fine brew.

It is a rather yeasty beer, and that is a good thing, adding some fruit and funk, sweet and sour flavors; delicious. It is sweet without going overboard, full of fruit, but with a somewhat bitter finish. Overall, a clean, smooth taste and flavor basep; excellent. Good texture and mouthfeel, smooth as expected, but not bringing a wow factor. Easy to consume, especially at the reasonable 6.9% ABV.

Cali-Belgique is overall a bit more Cali in the hops and flavor than Belgique in the flavor and yeast. But the balance is admirable and, overall, accomplished with dexterity. Not easy to pull off, Stone has managed to do so with a fine combination of flavor-packed hops and fine yeasty strains to yield a terrific, accessible, and smooth beer. Very well done.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 00:47:47 | More by Gehrig
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argock

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Ruby-tinged golden with short cap of off-white head. Nice lacing down the glass despite the short head.

S: Tartness melds well with the pale malt to give a tangy, sweet aroma. Hops are earthy and moderately citrus.

T: The unique tanginess of this beer is hard to beat. The alcohol does find by the end of the pint, but the pale malt sweetness really does better on tap than in the bottle. The substantial hoppiness is big-time citrus and complements the tart, tanginess really well.

M: Slightly viscous and highly carbonated with medium-full body.

O: A real treat to have on-tap -- superior to the bottle in every way.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2011 02:19:02 | More by argock
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Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,239 ratings.